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ActionsSpeakLouder

What you do speaks so loudly; what you say I cannot hear.

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These words uttered by Tim Marks have been going round and round in my head lately. They have taken quite a long time to sink in though, which is kind of funny, considering the gist of what he is saying is that actions speak louder than words.

How true is this sentiment in leadership though? How many times has this pronouncement been made? Why does the message make total sense when you say it out loud, yet become garbled when you attempt to move the thought to action?

Am I the only one who gets tired by just thinking about being the type of person who leads by example and not just pointing at a person and say “do”? I realize that this sounds silly – and it is. However I think this is just my brain’s way of handling the stress of trying to be more; to be better than what I am.

Instead of taking a chance or allowing myself to get a little uncomfortable my brain tells me to hang back and manage the situation from a distance that it is comfortable with. The result is no result, which keeps my wheels spinning while getting no real traction on the situation.

So, the question I ask myself is this – How do I break the cycle of insanity I have created by making the same mistake over and over again while expecting a different result?

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Become a Better Leader by Mastering the 3 Categories of Leadership Effectiveness

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Chapter 4: The Trilateral Leadership Ledger of Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward’s Launching a Leadership Revolution begins with an impactful statement from Hugo Grotius. Grotius was a Dutch lawyer, writer, theologian, and statesman of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.

On the topic of self-government, Grotius had noted that leadership boiled down to the individual and made the following observation of men in positions of leadership:

“He knows not how to rule a Kingdom, that cannot manage a Province; nor can he wield a Province, that cannot order a City; nor he order a City, that knows not how to regulate a Village; nor he a Village, that cannot guide a Family; nor can that man Govern well a Family that knows not how to Govern himself.”

What this statement really boils down to is the fact that one cannot be an effective leader over others until one learns to lead over oneself.  Stop and think about that statement for a few moments.  When we think of leadership, we often think of a position of influence, a title, or a credential. However, true leadership potential lies in one’s ability for self-discipline.

moralcompassStop and think of the people in your life that have influence over you, for better or worse.  Put some thought into why you feel these people influence you.  Is it their personality? Do they make you feel good when you are around them, or inversely make you crave their hard to get attention?  Are you inspired by their abilities, drive, or work ethic? Or perhaps maybe you just feel that they are a good person and respect the position of their moral compass.

 

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Resolved: To Develop the Art and Science of Friendship

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In Chapter 7 of his book “Resolved: 13 Resolutions for Life”, Orrin Woodward identifies eight essential principles for building and maintaining long-term “philia” friendships; philia meaning the love between two friends.  I won’t cover all eight principles here (because part of the journey of reading through “Resolved”is your own self-discovery); instead I want to focus solely on principle 3 – True Friends Approve of One Another, simply because this one continues to strike a cord with me personally.

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In Order to Lead You Must Follow

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“In order to lead you must first learn to how to follow”

I have pondered this statement a lot recently, mostly because it is easier said than done in my opinion. There is a lot trust that must be placed in order to place ones belief in to the hands of another. How does one know who to follow? In today’s society everyone wants to lead – yet they have no results to speak of. Worse yet, their views are shrouded in hypocrisy.

Recently though I have found myself reaching for an olive branch. There are things that I want to know and grow in professionally and the only way to accomplish that is to find other people with the results I want in those areas. For someone with little trust or belief, this has been especially hard.  However, desperate times call for desperate measures – so here I am. I have found that I have reached the peak of my potential and unless I start trusting in others I will go no farther.

So how does one go about learning to follow?

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Looking Forward to a Glass Half Full

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Here it is… my first blog post. I have spent so much time trying to find the right topic, the right words-all to no avail. Finally, I stopped trying and just started writing. I will focus on family because that is what my mind is constantly focused on.

In life we spend a great deal of time just making it through our days. We do not leave time to reflect, appreciate, or try to grow into more successful individuals. Of course, success can mean different things to different people. I know that my definition of success has changed as I have spent more time thinking about it. I will spend time writing a series about these changes that I have seen occur in myself. The first area that I would like to focus on is my personal growth journey. Previously, before my husband Jimmy and I became involved the leadership development industry, the idea of looking at myself and analyzing myself was TERRIFYING! I would find myself getting defensive, sensitive and unable to take any suggestions, or critiques without freaking out and having an emotional breakdown.

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Leadership Matters

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10 Great Leadership Quotes

If you want to be a doctor, then learn from doctors.  If you want to be a lawyer, then learn from lawyers.  If you want to be successful, learn from successful people.

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Benjamin Franklin On Education

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After all, they don’t call a $100 bill a “Benjamin” for nothing!


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Financial Principle 2

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Money is a gift. It has a specific use. This means that you have a stewardship.  You are to use your money for something that matters, for your family and beyond.

 

The second Financial Principle in the book Financial Fitness raises a more than relevant point that everyone ought to consider.  Most Americans are employed or self-employed individuals that trade the best hours of their day in the best years of their lives to earn money.  This makes this principle more than relevant!  Simply by understanding that you have a stewardship to your money will help you understand that money is in fact something that matters, and is not something to take for granted.

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Financial Principle 1

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“It’s not what you make but what you keep that determines financial success.  Pay yourself first and save what you pay yourself.”

 

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In my last post I briefly mentioned the book Financial Fitness by New York Times bestselling authors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady.  Today I will begin a series of posts dedicated to the 47 Financial Principles as outlined in the book.  I believe that this book has some very practical, sound advice that anyone can apply in their lives starting today, so I feel compelled to share it with you.

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Introduction to Financial Fitness

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One could easily argue that money does not bring happiness, but if this is true, then why do we spend the vast majority of our lives trading the best hours of the day during the best years of our lives in pursuit of it?  Is it because we are greedy or are never satisfied with what we have?  Or is it that we just can’t get enough of it to make ends meet?

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